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Two Years Old

Yesterday was the two year anniversary of this website. I actually had it marked on my calendar and everything, except for some reason I wrote it down for the 17th, not the 16th. Anyway, it’s been a wild and wonderful two years and I wanted to thank everyone that’s contributed to the site.

I often try to explain to people why I keep a website like this, but I never quite do it justice. At its most basic it’s an expression outlet. I get to keep track of new thoughts and ideas as they pop up and, on occasion, even get to discuss them with the world. More importantly, though, having this outlet has allowed me to stay in a perpetual state of critical thinking. Anything I encounter I treat as possible fodder for the site. Whether it’s an article in the newspaper or a sign on the street, having this outlet lets me think about its relation to the rest of the world. I guess what I’m saying is the site is my excuse and I love it for that.

On the other side, of course, are the many great people I’ve met as a direct or indirect result of the site. So many of the most interesting conversations I’ve had in recent memory have been with random people. It’s nice to know that there are so many people out there that are excited as I am about thinking about the future.

Anyway, all that was a longwinded way of saying thank you. Thanks for sticking around, for reading the site, for entering conversations and generally for being a part of my life. It’s fun to know that anything I write will be read by hundreds, many of whom are complete strangers.

Finally, my usual request, if you’ve been hiding for all this time, why don’t you come out of the shadows? Leave a comment or drop me an email, tell me who you are, what you do or what your blog is. I’m a real person. I swear.

Oh, and for those interested, how about some stats from the last two years:

  • Entries: 493 (including this one)
  • Comments: 764
  • Redesigns: 3.5
  • Incoming Links: 110 (according to Technorati)
  • Jobs: 2
  • Links Saved on del.icio.us: 4,160
  • Tracks Submitted to Last.fm: 25,664
  • Domains Purchased: 17

Well, that’s it. Thanks again for everything.

July 17, 2006